Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Much ado …

 … Pronouns Go Political. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

“The terminology of gender changes,” writes Professor Baron, “as ideas about gender change.” So in contemporary life the “ess” has been removed from “actress,” the “rix” from “aviatrix,” the “man” from “chairman” and “man­kind”; waiters and waitresses have become “servers,” and more often than not their customers, no longer sirs and madames, have become “guys.” Some now want to change “Ms.” to “Mx.,” and “woman” to “womxn.” God Him­self (Herself?) may one day end up a hermaphrodite.

Language is a set of conventions. To get bent out of shape over certain conventions because they offend your ideology seems indicative of a certain dimwittedness. If you have something you think is important to say, spit it out. Don't get hung up on conventions. 

In the meantime, check out this: Das Mädchen: Why the Word 'Girl' Is Gender Neutral.

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